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Copper Canyon Train Info

It snowed big time in January 2013 along the Copper Canyon train.

It snowed big time in January 2013 along the Copper Canyon train.


The first train ready to go early on a December morning in Los Mochis.

NOTE: As of November, 2016, train prices are up again–see the CHEPE site for current pricing.

January, 2017 Copper Canyon Train Info

Things have changed a bit with the Copper Canyon train. There is always the rumor that it will be discontinued, but train officials and others assure us that this will not happen. Ridership is down, but it still rolls through the Sierras every day…even on snowy days!

Recent CHEPE Changes

The primero train goes every morning from both ends- Los Mochis and Chihuahua City- leaving at 6a and arriving 9-10p.

The second train travels WITH the first train now and is hooked onto the back. So the second train leaves at 6a also. The tricky thing is that the second train leaves Chihuahua on Thursday, Saturday, and Monday only. It also leaves Los Mochis on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday only. There is no second train on Wednesday.

Copper Canyon train schedule

With the second train hooked to some of the primero trains, the schedule slows just a bit- especially on busy days. We were there in the holiday season recently with several trips and stops at some stations took 5-10 minutes just to get all the people on.

Tips for riding the  CHEPE train

  • buy tickets on board except in holiday (Easter, August, Christmas, New Years) season
  • ask someone who rides the train a lot where to get off
  • put your head out the window- do not read novels
  • relax and watch the miracle go by…

Copper Canyon trip

Too many people sleep or read novels on this train. I recommend you get to the dining car, have a drink and watch the miracle flow by. The food and drink in Chihuahua is not to be missed- and neither is the scenery!